- Producer22/03/2017Bloggers of the World: Untie!How many of you are bloggers?How many of you can't believe the title of this post?How many of you saw the goof right away?How would you feel if it were yours?A couple of years ago, I wrote a short piece called "The Impotence of Proofreading" based...
- Producer22/03/2017What is our worth based upon?This is the third of my series of posts on worthiness. The first two are: Being Worthy and What am I worth? I hope you enjoy and can gain from this post. Our personal worthiness is directly linked to how much we feel valued. But on what is our...
- ProducerAnother Day In Paris.Her eyes were closed. 'Son of a bitch' was her only thought. Her bed was a chaos. He arrived yesterday with the last flight coming from Los Angeles. When they met at the airport, she felt akward. His eyes were not smiling as usual. She could read...
Comments22/03/2017 #26 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#9 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, well that is very kind to say Lisa, what more to wish for than such a touching reaction!22/03/2017 #25 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#10 @Dean Owen excellent question, maybe we all find out one day on beBee.22/03/2017 #24 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#11 @Laurent Boscherini, I love what you have written, wise and true.22/03/2017 #23 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#12 thank you @Juan Imaz, beBee is the best platform to create articles.22/03/2017 #22 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#13 wise words @Ali Anani, thank you.22/03/2017 #21 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#14 thank you @Jan 🐝 Barbosa, highly appreciated.22/03/2017 #20 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#15 cool, yes and who knows, it might get even cooler in a next article, @Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador22/03/2017 #19 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#16 buzzing as only bees can and do @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood with a heart for beBee!22/03/2017 #18 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#17 thank you @Kevin Baker22/03/2017 #11 AnonymousThank you @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. for sharing your tremendous post. Sometimes life is like that, before to realize its singularity. It may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should race fully until the last lap, to accept that certainity, so unknown.
- 20/03/2017"Nobody likes to be micromanaged. Be a leader, someone that your employees admire, rather than trying to control them at the micro level. Inspire by leading by example with your work ethic, integrity, and by treating people with respect." @John White, MBA
- Producer17/03/2017Travels Far and FortunateAll journeys are an encounter with unexpected places and people. I am fortunate. Business travel has given me the chance to visit destinations far off the tourist track. Surprise events, foreign cultures and detours that bring...
Comments19/03/2017 #30 Gert 🐝 Scholtz#22 @Emilia M. Ludovino Brazil! What a country. I have been to Sau Paulo often- also a few other places. The size of the country is mind boggling. Beautiful scenery, golden beaches, friendly people. A top travel destination for me. Always nice to hear your comments – thank you Emilia.18/03/2017 #22 Emilia M. LudovinoWonderful reading @Gert 🐝 Scholtz! From your shortlist, I'm only missing Uzbekistan. I can relate so well with your Brazilian adventure as I'd a very similar one, also in Brazil but in Tocantins (a neighboring state) :). Brazil is my second home country and when I was living in São Paulo, one day a friend just invited me to lunch and we came to pick me up in a Helicopter because he doesn't like to drive in the crazy traffic of the big city :). You're very fortunate to live in such a beautiful country and surrounded by beautiful countries. Looking forward to the next trip with Gert Travelling Agency :)))
- Producer17/03/2017Dear Javier - an open letter.Image credit: Drawception Dear Javier 🐝 beBee,Ali Anani's buzz has stirred the beBee hive over the last few days. What is interesting is that it is not a “how to” in business. It is the more...
Comments18/03/2017 #28 AnonymousDear Sara, thank you for saying in very nice words what many of us have in mind while being at bebee.
I admire you very much for your communication capabilities and your bright mind, together with a rich soul.
I thank Bebee the opportunity it has given me to getting to know people like you.
It is a honour18/03/2017 #26 debasish majumderGreat buzz @Sara Jacobovici! yes, sir @Ali Anani's buzzes are needed to be compiled, so that we can get all at a glance to enrich ourselves. besides, there are number of phenomenal bee including your's buzzes are equally should be kept in digital frame. it would be truly a praise worthy endeavor to be published as a single copy comprising of all works in one. looking forward from @Javier 🐝 beBee and @Juan Imaz for their resolution.18/03/2017 #25 Ali Anani#23 Thank you dear @Anne Thornley-Brown. I have just replied to your two comments on my buzz on Ideas Are Lie Dancing Pendulums. I am still stunned by your comments and even more now having read your comment here.
It is amazing how your second comment on my buzz probed into my mind and read my next buzz. You are truly an amazing brain power.18/03/2017 #23 Anne Thornley-BrownThank you @Sara Jacobovici. I was already following @Ali Anani but tonight I had some quite time to explore this site in more depth. Through your post, I was impelled to read some of Ali's posts and I was blown away. Awesome and invigorating. It is exactly the type of stimulus to deeper analysis from which companies and individuals can al benefit.18/03/2017 #22 David B. GrinbergKudos to @Ali Anani for another exemplary post and to Sara for her gracious recognition of it per this buzz. Ironically, Sara's positive engagement with the beBee community on behalf of a fellow blogger on Producer provides a great example of "what is common sense" via social media interaction and organic buzz.
As my dear friend, Professor @Milos Djukic, would say: "A great man and woman deserve no less." Very nice indeed, Sara!17/03/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#17 LOL, I like your response @Lance 🐝 Scoular. No pressure AT ALL. I know you are a busy man and you will get to it when or if you can. No worries. I wish I had emojis on my PC! Nice buzz @Sara Jacobovici, I think there is room for all... as far as synchronicity and controversial topics which we've all seen not everyone will agree upon. Myself, I prefer to not get caught up in heated topics and I think you along with @Ali Anani have proven it's possible to converse and disagree without a topic becoming heated. Everyone differs with their style of writing and I respect that. I'm very excited to see what will be rolling out soon. I'm sure it's more than we expect considering what Juan and Javier have already produced. What a nice buzz Sara!17/03/2017 #18 Javier 🐝 beBeeThanks @Sara Jacobovici ! We are excited about the new platform.
"beBee is an organic environment, an integrated environment, that encourages us to engage in both the personal and professional. You can’t succeed as a business professional without the experience of being a successful human being."17/03/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 ManjitSimply getting to "human being" is a transformative step for our world as it is, and it is far from that state of evolution. A cousin of mine in California does not feel successful even though his business is profitable and his revenue has topped $5 million, but he resides in a neighbourhood in California where his neighbours have greater net worth. It is pointless for me to convince him what the baseline word "successful" means, this is how he has chosen to live his life.
Boomers like him have a massive amount of disposable capital but we also have massive national debt being placed on the shoulders of successive generations. How did we get into this situation that to bankroll "successful" we sold out future generations?
The change that will happen is simply in the passing of an old guard to a new era, and that old guard is whoever is set in their ways and their ways will go with them as they begin passing and the new generation evolve. This is how change actually happens without bloody revolutions. In the 20th Century the bloodless revolution was a marketed one and people like Edward Bernays were instrumental in knowing how to utilize the powers of marketing and that has informed HR practice also.
This change once required manifesto or open letters or proclamations or revolution, today is conversation. This is a natural transformation at the end of a big hockey stick power law that effects population, climate, wealth and markets. It is a change one individual at a time, minus those who are set in their ways. As I have said before, we are either the last of the prior millennia or the first of a new millennia. It isn't something we decide, it is something we are and hopefully one day will be.17/03/2017 #14 Lance 🐝 Scoular#8 Hi Ho @Ali Anani
I think a millennial 🐝 would be more adept and accurate than an old codger like me.👾
🐤Twitter and 👻 Snapchat is where I picked up up using emojis as well as 🐳 Linkedin's customised ones.
Perhaps I will do a video down the track.
@Lisa 🐝 Gallagher is still waiting for me to do a Snapchat video tutorial - requested months ago.😞
- 18/03/2017When there's a gator in the swamp, there's two choices. Do something to tame the gator or get rid of him, particularly if he's a brand ambassador, and if that doesn't happen, then stop going to the swamp.
I'm partially joining the many people who have had enough, and have left bebee because of ONE nasty ambassador. Deleting my comments on the platform as I find them, and removing and or editing my "honey".
Go pay him some money to help you learn to think, and get a spine! Hire him to ghost write, or edit, cause....wow, he's good.
No, pay me for my new course called: "Before writing comes getting a spine".
Comments18/03/2017 #1 Dean OwenI need to understand the situation a little better. The platform has undergone some minor changes in the last few months. Right now it appears the only person who can remove a comment is the author of that comment. Previously, anyone could report the comment and it would disappear. So I am wondering why and how your comments are disappearing. There can only be two explanations. Either you are removing the comments yourself, which I highly doubt. Or someone is sending an email to beBee staff with a request to remove the comment. Given that your most recent comments on a recent Joyce Bowen article contain nothing (as far as I can see) malicious, I highly doubt beBee staff would agree to delete them. Am I missing something? @John White, MBA
- Producer16/03/2017Yes, Doctors Do Make Mistakes- He Missed The Nodule!I've been hesitating about writing this story because I've written so much about my mom over the past year and a half. I decided it's OK to write again because she was a major force in my life for over 50 years. We don't forget a loved one that...
Comments19/03/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#25 Hi Skip, many Doctors are not assholes. We are all going to run across a few, it's up to the 'consumer' to do their homework, speak up (have an advocate) present etc... I'm sorry you had such a bad experience and I'm glad to hear you are healthy now. My sister is a 10 year survivor of breast cancer and the heavy duty medications saved her life.
To each their own with alternative stuff. You must sell Shaklee? It's been around for a long time. Thanks for your comment!18/03/2017 #25 Skip SteinSO sorry to hear about your Mom. My Dad died of Prostate cancer about 10 years ago. Doctors are basically assholes! First they are like robots and most don't give a damn about anything but a paid invoice. When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer (like father, like son...) it was a horrendous experience and NOT just because they said I was dying! The assholes tried and tried to get me accept diabolical/barbaric 'treatments' that were often worse than my cancer. They said I was too fat for surgery (boy was I then!) so radiation and a bunch of other crap was forced on me; but I told them ALL to go to hell. They said I only had 3 years if I refused their 'treatments' and maybe 5 if I accepted the crap they offered.
Well it's no EIGHT years and I'm a healthy, mostly fit, 70+ year old fart; alive and kicking an healthier NOW than I was at 40 (or younger). I was fortunate to have discovered, while researching my Fathers cancer, that there were ALTERNATIVES to the traditional crap most doctors force upon patients; basically Treating them to DEATH.
Don't let the bastards in the medical industry get to you. Most are quacks, drug pushers and profit from pain and suffering. Learn to LIVE and Survive. You may not CURE yourself but it's a damned site better than the side effects of chemo and radiation/surgery. Everyone need to CHOOSE what they will do and sometimes go against the flow. I did and it worked. I hope it would work for others too. My full story is on my web site: http://prostatecancerfight.com/.
If YOU or a loved one has cancer (or any other lifestyle disease) I am available to talk/listen and maybe help.
Paying it Forward
Orlando, Florida17/03/2017 #24 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#21 Thanks @Ian Weinberg. Yes, I realize Doctors are only human and imperfect like the rest of us. I must say I worked with many Doctors and although this particular Doctor was nice, I think he was a bit lazy and didn't follow up with his own notes. It wasn't the first time he let her down but she liked his demeanor and kept going back. We would have never sued him even if she hadn't changed her mind. That was a mistake that was maybe missed by the Office staff and finding that type of cancer earlier would not have saved my mom. She had small cell lung cancer.
I have a lot of respect for Doctors, they have a tough job and I believe most of them go above and beyond the call of duty. My husband has a few Doctors in Pittsburgh who even give their cell phone numbers to him and have emailed as well when there has been a problem. So, I don't want others to think I feel all doctors are irresponsible (I can't even say if her doctor was, maybe he was just very liberal with her)?? Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it!17/03/2017 #23 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#20 Hi @Glenn Melcher, I'm sorry your mom went through something similar. Yes, my mom had a compassionate heart and she did give others the benefit of doubt. Even when she brought up suing the Doctor, we all knew she was very upset with her diagnosis. Sadly, even if her cancer had been detected back in January, there was still nothing they could have done to save her because it was a terminal cancer w/out a cure. Maybe she was afforded more time because they didn't begin other treatments earlier on that might have been tougher on her.
I see so many families that do fight and don't have good relationships and that is very sad. I'm forever thankful that somehow my mom made sure we all got along and forgive easily, that's a legacy within itself. She was different from me in other ways. She was very crafty, I am not LOL. Thanks so much for your comment!17/03/2017 #21 Ian WeinbergDoctors try to carry out the requirements of their vocation to the best of their abilities. But they are only human, working within imperfect systems that are invariably over-subscribed. Yes there are some 'bad eggs' among us, but for the most part, medical and para-medical staff are decent people who aspire to making people well. But then there is a greater reality beyond our control ... Condolences @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher on your loss.17/03/2017 #20 Glenn MelcherYour words resonate with so many Lisa : My Mother who is over 80 years old would have had the identical exchange with her Physician.. The words you share about Your Mother in that she always gave People the benefit of the doubt is a true testament to her "amazing Heart condition"..
If it is such that by sharing we can make one Life better even if for only the moment.
The World we be a better place.. Thank You for sharing as you do.. I am certain by have read many of Your insights You have the same "Amazing Heart condition" as Your Mother..17/03/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#11 Hi @Tausif Mundrawala, the memories of being there with her and for her are for the most, heart warming. I treasure that we did have that time. I wish I could have used a recorder to enunciate her voice (it was actually quite funny) after the fact. I never saw her so upset with me but it was fear, she really wasn't mad AT me. I'm glad you enjoyed this, that was my hope.. I didn't write it to depress anyone :))17/03/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#10 Hi @David B. Grinberg, that had to be hard being in ICU w/your dad. I'm glad you were there to over see medications etc... Nurses and Doctors get so busy, errors do happen easily and one error you don't want when you have a loved one dying is to have them suffer because someone forgot their pain medication. Thanks for your kind words! I'm sure you still miss your dad very much, he couldn't have been too old when he passed?16/03/2017 #11 Tausif MundrawalaI know how you might have felt while hearing that word. I agree with you that we should never leave our ill loved ones unattended. More than the diagnosis they need us more. That is the moment where they need special attention and care. If not words than our magical touch does wonders. How privileged you are that you got the opportunity to nurse and take care of your mom.
Our values and virtues speaks ton about us and I highly regard you in that aspect. I do respect you in all aspects but being a family person is something different. I liked your buzz in its entirety, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher.16/03/2017 #10 David B. GrinbergLisa, your mother was a real saint and I'm very sorry again for your loss. Moreover, I'm sure all of her fine qualities are shining through you -- per your many wonderful attributes and character traits.
It's true that doctors are neither gods nor are they infallible, as you demonstrate. I recall being by my father's side in the ICU before he passed away. I always made sure the nurses were giving him the appropriate medication to ease his pain and suffering. Our parents were there for us as children and now it's time for us to be there for them as adults as they live through their "Golden Years." You are most certainly a role model in this respect and so many others, Lisa.
Thanks for all YOU do!
- Producer16/03/2017‘This Side of Life’ Discusses the meaning of “Troublemakers”I went to a college renown for polishing young teachers, and—although it was evolving at the time—still did. I wrote a column in our college rag. Enjoyed it, I did. But I suspect those that read my column and knew what I looked like (I was about...
Comments16/03/2017 #22 Tausif MundrawalaThe students with whom you dealt with were the privileged ones on this earth. Very few of them bothers to get to know their students well . Their strengths their weaknesses are to be dealt with in a very proper way. Words play an important role in the mental development of a child and if discouraged would have a devastating effect.
Teachers are second mothers to their students but its the equal responsibility of a student to co-operate with their teachers in a humane way. Thanks for sharing this buzz, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen16/03/2017 #21 AnonymousSadly we as parents have the dominant share of time to influence our children. Do the arithmetic. 5*6/168 compared to (168 - 5*6/168)/168.
Perhaps we need to ask the question what pre-disposition to a label have we put on our child before sending him or her to school. After all we had them for 168/168 hours of every day before they started school.
When the teaching profession is able to measure, and is prepared to measure the value added by each individual teacher's contribution to a child's learning we might get a step change in the performance of the education system.
As parents of children in the education system we have to remain vigilant and be ready to be their advocate when ever necessary.16/03/2017 #19 siraj shaik#14 Just my opinion "it's not related to merit but more of dedication". There are high meritorious teachers and their evaluations differentiate the children, also it's more or less same in every level. Now a days the schooling factor became a key factor of focus for most parents.. Yeah "competing has taken place of institution". It's surprising at times to overhear parents of teenagers, young adults and adults discuss over the possibilities plus ways of making riches and dollars. And also the youngsters discuss and do comparison's on these financial figures..16/03/2017 #16 Joyce 🐝 Bowen@Phil Friedman, @Pascal Derrien My son's 1st-grade teacher was a sour old woman. My son was the sweetest thing going. She took a leave halfway into the year for hip surgery. The substitute told me she was amazed half the class still could not read.
When my son did a poor paper, the teacher scrawl in large red letters "POOR." When he did a good paper, she wrote in tiny letters "good." She dealt out negative reinforcement.
This teacher never taught again. She was forced to retire.16/03/2017 #15 Phil FriedmanOne school year, my older daughter was having difficulty with a teacher who complained that my daughter constantly stood up while the class was working on "projects". In a conference with the Assistant Principal, the head of guidance, and us, the question was put to the teacher by the administrators as to why it was a problem if my daughter worked at her desk or table standing up, as long as she was attending to her work and not wandering about. There was no answer forthcoming -- and the matter was settled. A lot depends on the breadth or narrowness of the teacher's vision. And we need to guard against those who run with blinders on.16/03/2017 #14 debasish majumderGreat insight @Joyce Bowen! but we have to understand that usually school teachers who are being employed to construct the basic orientation of a child are majority not being inducted to this profession by choice and having very ordinary merit, from whom we cannot expect a standard education to be dispensed and small children would emulate them a s a model. naturally inferior quality and compromising with merit in basic education inevitably yield negative results and adverse effect the society. however, nice share. enjoyed read. thank you for the share.16/03/2017 #4 Devesh BhattThere is a saying here which everyone quotes but nobody follows.
It is said that children have a mind of their own and the first label that they persistently get from adults, they accept and make it their own.
So a derogatory remark, repeated everyday once accepted becomes the childs core for self identification.
A common parlance "aisa hi hai tu" meaning " you are like this" followed by derogatory comparative, often something that the adult hates.repetition and the kid becomes that, an embodiment of the hatred. And yet, people never shy from cursing their children. Verbal abuse and hard labour are most prevalent.
Maybe i over indulged in the tag part but yes reading your buzzes gives a lot of understanding.
- Producer14/03/2017Why Ideas Die In the Boardroom.Groupthink and how it creates dromadaries with unicorn horns—not to mention the Pontiac Aztek.I rarely get into slugging matches with other bloggers. If opinions are expressed well enough, I’ll consider even the crazier posts like “Trump Is Not An...
Comments15/03/2017 #31 Anne Thornley-BrownMy response to this post and @Gert 🐝 Scholtz's post about Groupthink was too long so I produced some honey. I would love to have your comments. My response to
- Avoiding Groupthink: Coming up with Better Team Decisions https://www.bebee.com/producer/@anne-thornley-brown/avoiding-groupthink-coming-up-with-better-team-decisions15/03/2017 #26 Harvey LloydI really got a chuckle out of this. Having moved from construction where ideas are generally generated by the individual, i entered the educational community. I thought that construction had kept me in a closet and all the groupthink was so easy, than working individually. The chuckle came from my own coming to grips that group think generally doesn't work. Collaboration works well after the idea is on the table. Collaborating on generating an idea seems to always spiral into "creating camels out of greyhounds". LMAO15/03/2017 #25 Mohammed A. JawadUgh...Oftentimes, even intellectuals fail to focus on or frame up any idea. Ideas that come anytime from anyone and rightly perceived to fuse with factual information and necessities is all that's worthwhile. Sometimes, during meetings, ideas are swirled, relished and forgotten. It's like be mum or b daring to question!15/03/2017 #24 Robert Cormack#18 You bring up really interesting points, @Anne Thornley-Brown. Certainly developing effective groups takes more time than we think, especially if you're trying to form useful interaction between extroverts and introverts. The "normals" do tend to dominate, thinking, as the Republicans do, that there's only one way of doing things, and "might is right." Thanks for your comments.15/03/2017 #18 Anne Thornley-Brown#10 New research is shedding shed more light on the dynamics at play in groups. For examples, introverts can come up with great ideas but they need quiet time and individual "thinking time". With the packed agendas and pressure to do more in less time, this gets lost. If the recommended length for a programme is 3 days, the question is "can you do it in 2". One day programmes are crammed into 1/2 a day and then there is the madness called "2 hour team building". Really? We aren't making instant coffee. Ideas need time to percolate.
With rushed agendas, thinking time gets lost. Even if fresh ideas are presented, they get shot down if they are different from how the rest of the group thinks. Often, they aren't even considered as the most extroverted and dominant players talk over the quieter members of the team. A trained facilitator can give the group a reality about realistic timeframes and slow down the process to provide thinking time and ensure that everyone is heard and all ideas considered before they are discarded.
Great topic Robert and one that is dear to my heart.
- Producer15/03/2017To Those Of You Who Use Freelancers, Please Don’t Take The Prefix, “FREE” Too literally.The English language is funny in the way that words come and go. Some words have their time in the sun, then simply disappear without a trace while others seem to stick around. One of these words, Freelancer has endured for nearly two...
Comments16/03/2017 #29 Todd Jones"You don't get what you deserve in this world. You get what you negotiate." - Zig Ziglar
As one who lacks the discipline, creativity, negotiating skills, patience, and general wherewithal to lay the groundwork required to support myself as a freelancer, I found this post both enlightening and captivating. My highest regard to you and the swarm of freelancers that are able to make it work. Great post, Paul.15/03/2017 #16 Harvey LloydIn small business i have had to learn that your price is your price that "you" can do it for profitably. Maybe the guy down the street can do it for half my price, maybe. Then use them. The variables in what someone expects and your pricing structure is two very different things. You shouldn't price according to perception but, buy the value you have assessed.
But this does take courage when faced with a starving feline. I remember the early days sticking to my guns on price. I didn't need a membership in weight watchers.
Great read as always.15/03/2017 #13 Paul Walters#12 @Renée 🐝 Cormier Thanks for the solid feedback. I particularly like the, " Your time has no value to me" What a wanker!!!!! It's those sorts that drove me from the corporate world and I dont miss them at all ! These days for me negotiation is via e mail with very little face to face contact ! I NEVER negotiate on my rates even if I dont have the overheads of an office and often I don't get the gig. remuneration from Travel mags, ( read in flight journals ) vary, and the rate per word is all over the place. Some ( very few ,) pay $1 per word but these rates are falling each year, An example would be Air India who are only willing to pay $22c a word ( before tax) so writing a 1200 word piece is not really worth the effort ,except that I do receive mass exposure and subsequent book sales from these publications which is where my main focus lies. Still, I live on a tropical island, I work when I want to, seldom wear shoes and I'm warm all the time, so there is very little to complain about....Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it !15/03/2017 #12 Renée 🐝 CormierThank you, Paul! You get what you pay for. I keep my fees reasonable because I don't have the overhead of agencies, but nevertheless, there will always be people who want to waste my time. In fact, a few months ago, I was invited to a meeting with a company to see if I could help them with their marketing. Interestingly, the marketing person was in that meeting (with her note pad) and I was asked to provide them with my strategy for their new product. Of course, I gave away nothing, and it was a good thing, because the president later told me, "Your time has no value to me." No kidding. After the meeting, I sent him an email telling him what I charge for a plan and what my monthly retainer would be to implement it. He completely ignored it. No surprise there.
Occasionally, I bump into people who want to pick my brain for free information. In order to keep those conversations under control, I ordered a Square ( a credit card reader that plugs into your phone). I can now stop the conversation, offer to continue for a consulting fee of $250 per hour and back it out of the retainer, if they employ my services. Nobody will respect you until you respect yourself.15/03/2017 #10 Ken BoddieI firmly believe that the old adage, "You get what you pay for", stands true in most cases, Paul, with a few exceptions that, given enough time, eventually prove the rule. I have found that the client who does not understand the nature of the work being done, whether it be by a freelancer, a consultant, or an organ grinder with a monkey, invariably always falls back on price, as it is the only thing he or she can use to differentiate between offers, if they're presented without intelligible supporting info. The challenge is always to get across, as succinctly as possible, what he or she is getting for his or her money, what goes into the researching, preparing, checking and matching your deliverable with his or her expectations, and sticking to an agreed programme. If you can get a foot in the door, prepare a comprehensive and suitably fitting scope of work, with options for cost savings or for permitting additional items to be delivered at agreed rates, keep communicating as you go, and perform on time and on budget, then the word gets around and the work starts to roll in. Even if the temptation to go cheap as chips means we miss out on some work from good clients, they'll eventually twig that they can't get good reliable service for peanuts and come back to where they know they can. But if we take our clients for granted, forget to keep them informed of progress or problems along the way, of cost implications from variations in scope, and of problems likely to delay works; and if we are inflexible enough not to tailor the scope and programme to our clients' needs, and not to negotiate in the clients' best interests, then look out, 'cause the monkey's waiting to work for peanuts and will even undercut the organ grinder.
- Producer13/03/2017Well, enough about me. Let’s talk about you. What do you think about me?Hey, listen! Listen. Listen to the silence. Listen to the noise. Listen to the birds chirp, the clock tick, the babies giggle, and the wind blow.Oh! You can’t hear those sounds? Why not? Are you too busy talking?How many times do we stop our own...
Comments15/03/2017 #37 David B. GrinbergBelated kudos on a nice post, Susan. You are so correct. Too many people fail to appreciate and master the art of Active Listening. As famous radio/TV talk show host, Larry King and other have said (in similar iterations): I never learned anything while I was talking. That's why Active Listening is an essential element of effective communication. https://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/ActiveListening.htm
Thanks again, Susan, for the more good buzz!14/03/2017 #34 Preston 🐝 Vander VenGreat Buzz. One sided conversations are never fun, unless our purpose is to be there to listen. There were those times in my life that what I needed was a friend to listen to what I said. It was not because I wanted a response or input, I needed to just the words get of my system.14/03/2017 #32 Todd Jones"A closed mouth gathers no feet," is a maxim that I consciously try to observe after too often suffering the consequence of my own incessant, often mindless blathering. Taking my mouth out of autopilot mode is no easy task for a gregarious extrovert. I now try to engage through a process of question and listen. Really listening before blurting out the next question is a constant challenge though :)14/03/2017 #28 Susan Rooks#21 And it all is our personal experience, @Devesh Bhatt! I prefer conversations that go both ways, but that particular date was definitely all about him! His family. His friends. His work. His career. The only time he was silent was when he was chewing (thank goodness).
Thanks for taking the time to comment here! I really appreciate it.14/03/2017 #23 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#14 I'm not the only one who can speed up her chatter? ;-) I don't mind if a person talks a bit faster or a little more than I may. What I do mind is when someone dominates, talks about themselves as you noted about this man... talks non-stop as if they are the center of the universe LOL. I love a good back and forth with others! I love talking face to face- I find that tends to go better because people are using more of their senses. I have a good friend who LOVES to talk, she has me beat by far and if we chat on the phone there are times I put my phone down for a few seconds to catch my spinning head and when I pick it back up she's still talking. I once interrupted her (as in conversing) after listening for about 10 minutes and when I cut in to share my thoughts, she said, "Excuse me, I was talking!" I can laugh about it now but I was so pissed when she did that. I told her face to face how that made me feel and she said she was having a bad evening and felt bad as soon as we hung up. She apologized and it was sincere. She's a gabber but she's also a very giving, compassionate person. I'm glad I said something to her or I might have written her off. I'm glad I made you laugh. Chatters United!14/03/2017 #21 Devesh BhattGreat buzz. I realised that when people talk a lot spontaneously and freely, usually they are being impatient with the process of sharing.
Arrongance is pretty evident and it doesnt need too much thinking to assess that, but yes sometimes i did feel that people approached to share it all and i closed the window. Few months later i realised, i wasnt really listening and by not doing that i actually did them harm .
Point being that listening is truly important it allows the people to talk with freedom and not ponder on thw how and what to talk.
But that is a personal experience.14/03/2017 #20 Brian McKenzieThis changes when you hop languages. In English - I know people aren't listening. You can see it in their eyes - if it isn't already glued to their Smart Phone - doing the text monkey happy dance. Overseas - when speaking in Russian - there is not time to form your own answer while the other person is talking because 1 - word order in Russian means nothing, the subject and theme maybe way down stream from verbs and clauses 2) I am not fluent in Russian - so I have to concentrate and translate as they go 3) Screw eye contact - hold their hand while you talk - squeeze it when you need attention. ;)14/03/2017 #18 Rod LoaderThanks for sharing @Susan Rooks, it is hard listening to someone talk non-stop, but harder when we have opened ourselves on a personal level, like a date. Then the talking can feel like we are being ignored, and in your case degraded (one thing he focused on with me was my rotten marketing efforts for my own business). It hurts. Hopefully people like that are now far from your life.
- Producer13/03/2017Musical IceMy eyes were scrolling new buzzes on beBee and suddenly noticed two titles related to the freezing of ice. Sara Jacobovici contributed the first buzz on A man isolated himself in the Arctic for 20 years. What he reveals inside this cave is...
Comments14/03/2017 #19 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#18 Hi Ali Anani it is serendipity or musical ice because I wrote comment #17 while reading a buzz by Javier about great British bands or music. How this ended up under magical ice must now be considered magical which is what serendipitous is, but I will repost it to where it should be.14/03/2017 #18 Ali Anani#17 I am just surprised by your colors from knowledge dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. Name it and there you are. From violet to yellow and green to red and blue-. Quiet music is blue and you know even the history of music. Same applies to other fields of knowledge. Thank you for always sharing your wisdom my friend.14/03/2017 #17 CityVP 🐝 ManjitGreat is an opinion genius is divine. In that class David Bowie had the complete career and took his curtain call from life by being artistic about his own death. The funniest story is where David Bowie said no to collaboration to Coldplay https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jan/20/how-david-bowie-turned-down-coldplay-its-not-a-very-good-song-is-it
When it comes to great I am biased anyway for the simple reason that I was born in Britain so that means I can take a different view of great - and the great I love is "great music" no matter where it is in the world. What is truly great is supporting the revival of local music and fostering associated artist colonies.
I do marvel how so many heavy metal bands originated from the Birmingham area of England, and then there are individual stories like Graham Gouldman of 10CC who wrote hits for other artists. The saddest thing about great is when greatness is taken away, and in this case an example is an American called Sam Cooke, who was shot to death at relatively young age, he had produced some great music through the Motown scene, but all that was lost in his killing cannot be contemplated https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-death-of-souls-king-remembering-sam-cooke-50-years-after-his-death-141816824213/03/2017 #16 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#11 so happy about that @Ali Anani13/03/2017 #14 debasish majumderGreat share sir @Ali Anani! I wonder, of CO2 being pressurized, which is commonly known as dry ice, when come into the contact of natural temperature, the smoke being produced is injurious. so freezing of brain with negative ingredients and there after when it started to melt, i am afraid what catastrophe it can yield! however, intriguing post indeed sir. enjoyed read. thank you for the share.13/03/2017 #11 Ali Anani#10 The serendipity in finding worthy ideas is in action. It was my observation that your title and @Sara Jacobovici title both carried the meaning of freezing that caught my eye. I shall build on this buzz and with your inspiration @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. Sara's and caring readers more ideas shall be covered. This is my promise.13/03/2017 #10 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#9 they are all more than welcome, let's give life to all of them!13/03/2017 #9 Ali Anani#8 I see a pipe of ideas is running. The reference of @Sara Jacobovici to the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto is a buzz on its own. So many ideas are flowing @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.13/03/2017 #8 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#7 awesome! May more honey products come out of this!13/03/2017 #7 Ali Anani#6 Thank you @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. for the kind words, commenting and sharing the buzz. It is the product of the triad you- @Sara Jacobovici and myself. The birth on a new triad.13/03/2017 #6 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.Art - that is what this is, WOW well done @Ali Anani13/03/2017 #5 Ali Anani#2 Your words are ice music dear @Sara Jacobovici. Ice is cold, but the sentiments in your words are enough to warm up many hearts. I couldn't be equally happy without your motivation to write this buzz. Not only by your sharing the video on music from ice, but also for your your encouragement that I should write this post. So, to say I am satisfied is underestimation of the fact that I couldn't be more satisfied.
Your reference to the work of Masaru Emoto for it is absolutely relevant.
I am truly as happy as you are to be connected with you. My journey on beBee wouldn't have been so enriching without your involvement.13/03/2017 #4 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.I love this post, wow, @Ali Anani, thanks for mentioning and tagging me.13/03/2017 #3 Sara Jacobovici@Ali Anani writes: "We need to clean our minds from contaminants. Freezing is one way of purifying ice from its contaminants. Humans are bodies of water. In fact, 80% of our brain is water. The stress of life is surmounting and we need to crystallize out doubts, mistrust and negative thoughts from our mind."
- 10/03/2017A Tradition of Celebrations at Circles Event Café, Makati Shangri-Laivankhristravels.com For the past four years, it has become a tradition for us to celebrate special family occasions at Circles Event Cafe in Makati Shangri-La. This restaurant has witnessed a number of birthdays and...
- Producer10/03/2017Difficult DecisionsKady Stimpson checked her watch for the third time in five minutes. She groaned. Seeing it was still only twenty of six. Another forty minutes before her support group started. It may as well be a year, she sighed. Kady paced her living room,...
- Producer08/03/2017MEN, WOMEN ARE EQUAL IN NATURE'S DESTINY!Hydrogen and Oxygen, two opposite character What an amazing reactor Combined to form water, essential for life A lovely nomenclature, perhaps in Earth only it survive Male and female, equally opposite in construction Nature...
Comments11/03/2017 #27 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsHow true this is @debasish majumder;
"Where women are subjugated by men out of his strengthen stature
But we tend to forget a basic rule
Exerting force can alone express a sheer misrule
If we subjugate and humiliate women
We may only beckon our own jeopardy, the only omen
Which only eclipse our own civilization?
Progresses will regress
Hinder all ingress
Our planet will face immense mess"
When will humanity learn that you can't subjugate another without decreasing your own value to humanity.09/03/2017 #19 Deb🐝 Lange"We must preserve the beauty of such unique duality Life on Earth will express its presence with joviality! It is true
Life and death both comprised in unique hue Male and female are unique gift of nature"
Beautiful - many years ago I did not want to call myself a feminist - as I believed that the focus needed to be respect for both men and women. - However, I recognise there has been a very big imbalance and the suppression of women over centuries, so I respect all the women and men before me who have stood strong for respect for both men and women. In my lifetime I have endured much trauma that was inflicted by men, and I understand that it has been individuals who have not had the conscious awareness to choose respect. I am very discerning who I spend my time with now. I am also proud that my 2 sons are 2 "gentle" men. I enjoy the company of gentlemen and gentlewomen online here in beBee. The new era of respect for men and women and what we both bring to the world is here in many places. And there is much work to do in many others.08/03/2017 #14 Ali AnaniThanks dear @debasish majumder for your interesting poem. The preceding comments reflected my opinion. I want to highlight two lines from your poem These
Production and reproduction process rolls on
By following an inevitable design nature drawn
You know very well how passionate I am to this idea. Nature believes in couling- such as a woman and a man. Therefore, I prefer coupled days- not one sex only.08/03/2017 #12 🐝 Fatima Williams@debasish majumder Well said !
No men’s day, no women’s day
Why can’t we crave humanity to thrive with gay?
We should celebrate every moment of our life. At this moment everyone on beBee celebrates your awesome buzz that points out the importance of equality and the need to appreciate the people around us at any given moment.
I celebrate this moment where we reinforce the importance of celebrating and valuing the people in our lives every single day.
Thank you and Happy debasish day. Keep buzzing #beBeesforever08/03/2017 #11 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.beautiful art @debasish majumder, thank you for your gift that you share with all of us.
- Producer09/03/2017The Tree Metaphor Guide for UsI paused to think while reading these lines " We all know that entrepreneurs and business owners have to think fast to survive. It's in their blood; moving quickly is a natural instinct to them. Still, it's difficult to overstate the importance...
Comments15/03/2017 #45 Ali Anani@Lance 🐝 Scoular- you are introducing a new way of communication. I remember on my first visit to Turkey I couldn't speak on Turkish word (I do now). I walked in a restaurant and none of the staff spoke English. So, I drew a chicken and they served me a nice meal. Now, you may write a guidebook for tourists using your language.13/03/2017 #41 Ali Anani#40 Slow is fast- I am covering this issue in my next buzz "Musical Ice". I love your experienced examples and more your conclusion wonder "Perseverance, tenacity and confidence of reaching the desired goal are necessary.
I wonder if people who prefer fast have these qualities"? Do I agree with you? I say 100%.
I thank you so much for your warming words and I feel the power to go on. I appreciate them as they come from you dear @Louise Smith. I have a great respect for you.13/03/2017 #40 Louise SmithI always enjoy your posts @Ali Anani ! I really like your metaphorical writing style.
Often it's almost poetry even though it is prose.
I think translation from Arabic to English is quite beautiful and lyrical.
I always feel refreshed after reading your writing !
I have had a very busy working life as a High school teacher, meeting up to 200 people daily and being responsible for their leaning and their demonstration of it. I rarely had 15 minutes to eat my lunch!
I mainly taught Japanese and it is not something you can do fast ! It has to go from very easy and increase in difficulty slowly in an organised way. If it's too fast, students will leave. Only success will keep them so I needed to be very encouraging as well.
I planned to leave teaching. I had a 5 year plan that turned into a 10 year one. But guess what - life got in the way.
So I just made it part of my life and was a tortoise. Eventually I made it !
I am so glad as my life has a slower pace that is sustainable and less stressful.
Perseverance, tenacity and confidence of reaching the desired goal are necessary.
I wonder if people who prefer fast have these qualities?
I find the older I get, the less likely for me to choose to go fast. Would I go on a 30 day world wind tour of Europe or stay in one country for 3 months? I think you can guess.11/03/2017 #35 AnonymousGoing deeper into the "rabbit hole", there are two concepts we should put together and see what happens:
-fast growing trees may develop invading roots that endanger the lives of other plants
-But once this "roots" are well grown, as a first step, it will happen that the growth will increase exponentially, without risking its sustainability".
The trend we can see is business, is that small companies are merged to bigger ones, until you can only find very few huge corporations, fighting fiercely to "eat each other", with the only purpose to monopolise the market.
It would be not the first time that one of these monsters, once achieved its critical mass, break in thousand pieces to start over again.
This is called capitalism, the evil of our age, as along the described process it is the lower stages of the society which suffers the consequences.
In other words, when the elephants fight is the grass that suffers.
Hopefully one day we will see that providing our own sustainability means to provide the sustainability of our environment too.
But to achieve that, greed with no boundaries should lose its protagonism.11/03/2017 #34 Ali Anani#32 @David Navarro López- this is a superb conclusion "In short, to your question "Do we need to go fast (or very fast)?" I would say yes. but not "Too Fast" to die of success.Very well-said, to the point and reflects reality. I have nothing to add except to say I fully agree with you.11/03/2017 #33 Ali Anani#31 You are a great thinker my dear @David Navarro López. SOme fast growing trees may develop invading roots that endanger the lives of other plants. It is important that they grow and not cause death to others. This is only possible so that what you wrote eloquently may be fulfilled "But once this "roots" are well grown, as a first step, it will happen that the growth will increase exponentially, without risking its sustainability".
I appreciate your idea that growth rate is proportional to our situation such as me speaking Arabic to you it always shall appear too fast to comprehend. In contrast, I I speek the same words to an Arab he shall find me slow. This is a great idea to consider,11/03/2017 #32 AnonymousPart 2
My believing is if Bebee was the first social media network, then its growth undoubtedly would have been fast. But it found a market which was already used to other social networks, and what it did is to supply the deficiencies other networks had. Thus, in my opinion, the growth speed of Bebee is quite slow, which is not a bad thing in this case, because to make something growth along sustainability, basing it on strong core values such as respect, talent, like Bebee does, takes time to make its "roots" to grow. But once this "roots" are well grown, as a first step, it will happen that the growth will increase exponentially, without risking its sustainability.
In short, to your question "Do we need to go fast (or very fast)?" I would say yes. but not "Too Fast" to die of success.11/03/2017 #31 AnonymousPart 1
Dear Ali, you have done it again, you are a "mind challenger".
Fast, slow, speed are concepts which can not be considered isolatedly. You always need a contrasting item to give the right idea. The growth of Bebee by @Javier 🐝 beBee View morePart 1
Dear Ali, you have done it again, you are a "mind challenger".
Fast, slow, speed are concepts which can not be considered isolatedly. You always need a contrasting item to give the right idea. The growth of Bebee by @Javier 🐝 beBee and @Juan Imaz is been fast if you compare it to other social networks. Future will show us that other emerging phenomena will be much faster than this one. Then, we can conclude that speed is always related to something else, internal and external. I would like to introduce the particle "too" on this line of thoughts. "Too fast" and "too slow" concepts appears now. If you talk to me in Arabic, no matter how slow you do it, it will be always too fast for me. As in trees, if a business grows "too fast", it can well be that its growth ratio was bigger that the capability to make it grow along with the needed sustainability to make it last. Close10/03/2017 #30 Ali Anani#28 @Gert 🐝 Scholtz- I loved the way you described the two systems. In System it is indeliberate and uncontrolled versus System two which is direct (deliberate) and controlled. yes, these two systems shouldn't work in isolation and switching between the two is needed.
You remind me of managers and leaders and that we need to have the qualities of both by swinging between a leader and then a manager and t strike a dynamic balance between the two.10/03/2017 #28 Gert 🐝 Scholtz@Ali Anani I read your post with interest. Some thoughts of mine: the main differences between Kahneman’s two thinking modes is that System 1 is not deliberate or controlled while System 2 is the opposite , it is conscious and directed.
When these two systems are applied to business I think it is important to strike a good balance. Too much directedness and control and employees, customers and business growth may be stifled, too little control and the business becomes scattered and reactive. At times a certain level of looseness is important so employees can channel their own energies, customer behaviour can be observed and not prescribed, and the dynamic between business and all its stakeholders evolve naturally as energies impacting thereon play out.
I don’t think there is a static midpoint between systems 1 and 2. Rather, business thinking and behaviour should to-and-fro between these ends of a spectrum, with business leaders giving oversight and direction to channel behaviour to benefit from both and to guard that one of the two extremes does not impact negatively on the business.
- Producer09/03/2017A BeBee Poetry FestPoets abound right here on beBee Words and verse they deftly weave In patterns of rhyme as you read Come join the beBee poetry fest Read and delight, think and digest these palettes of prose written zest Pick a line,...
Comments14/03/2017 #38 Yogesh Sukal@Gert 🐝 Scholtz Thank you starting poetry fest, here is one from me.
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@yogesh-sukal/glorified-suffering10/03/2017 #30 Gert 🐝 Scholtz#26 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman Thank you Franci for your contribution to the post and the thread. Even a second poem! Love this one of yours:
Ode to a Poet
A touch of imagination
A bit of inspiration
A tad of ideation
A spot of time to spend
A message to send
A thought to lend
A chance to pretend
A mind puzzle to link
A spirit to think
There is no brink
We must spill our ink10/03/2017 #29 Brian McKenzieWe have a lot of inspirational poets here - some great lines and vision
If ya are feelin down & liquor'd up
And your life appears to be shit
Add the rocks, make that double cup
Come and find my grump, have a sit.
*Warning No Happy Endings, Rainbows, Unicorns or Love will be found09/03/2017 #26 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThank you, @Gert 🐝 Scholtz, for including me in your beBee Poetry Fest. I'm honored to be included with these masters of poetry.
Ode to a Poet
A touch of imagination
A bit of inspiration
A tad of ideation
A spot of time to spend
A message to send
A thought to lend
A chance to pretend
A mind puzzle to link
A spirit to think
There is no brink
We must spill our ink
- 09/03/2017My articles, my posts, my comments are all being swallowed up and replaced by Vogon poetry. PLEH! I think this guy is a ghost writer, or on an interstellar yacht. Whatever you do, don't panic. Hey, are others losing their posts too, cause I ain't seeing any new ones?Vogon Poetry Discussion at "Random Topics"...
Comments09/03/2017 #3 Anne Thornley-BrownI am not losing posts. I do have something new though.
- Virtual Reality: Who is using it for events? https://www.bebee.com/producer/@anne-thornley-brown/virtual-reality-who-is-using-it-for-events
- 08/03/2017How did you get started as a blogger?
Have you been happy with the results?
Have you been able to monetize your blog or get paid gigs as a blogger?
Comments08/03/2017 #3 AnonymousHere's an article I saw on how a guy monetized his blog in a MAJOR way. http://www.inc.com/glenn-leibowitz/how-this-entrepreneur-turned-his-blog-into-an-8-figure-software-business-with-46.html08/03/2017 #2 Anne Thornley-Brown#1 I have not been here very long but here are where the tech folks hang out.
https://www.bebee.com/groups/technology View more#1 I have not been here very long but here are where the tech folks hang out.
Our B2B Bloggers Network:
it is a place where you can share links to your content (in the specific buzzes created for each platform) and other bloggers will share and comment on what they find relevant and interesting. You can also discover and share and comment on the content of other bloggers.
We just set up shop here a couple of days ago so it will take a bit to grow the membership but we are rolling. We are also on LinkedIn and Facebook.
If your posts are relevant to event professinals, on Twitter share using the #eventprofs and #eventtech hashtags. On LinkedIn, the Social Media and Event Technlogy group accepts that content.
It's one of the groups I've managed in a larger community for over 8 years and I will be managing it until the end of March.
You may also consider approaching Julius Solaris. He runs Event Manager Blog and accepts ads and sponsored posts.
PM me and I would be happy to give you his email address. Close
- 09/03/2017Are YOU Ready to Step Into The Spotlight? https://www.bebee.com/producer/@tsufit/are-you-ready-to-step-into-the-spotlight
- 08/03/2017It's always at this time of night that I wake up and think about everything that has happened today, yesterday, a week, month, year ago. It's exhausting. I want to think about the future that I've put on hold for so long. I want to look forwards and not look backward into the abyss that I used to call existence.
I'm moody today.
Anyone else feeling a little crazy tonight or this morning rather?
- Producer06/03/2017Five issues that have the potential irritate me. How about you?OK, when you get to Number Five, you'll understand this introduction: Here I am, where I ought to be. A writer must have a place where he or she feels this, a place to love and be irritated with.Louise Erdrich, Author of The Round House, Pulitzer...
Comments07/03/2017 #39 Aleta CurryI made a list! More for that, as Shakespeare would say, I made a @Don 🐝 Kerr list! Huzzah!
'If you're hoping to blow smoke up someone's kilt without challenge then your ego, stupidity and arrogance have taken you to the tipping point.'
Someone put that on a meme...please?06/03/2017 #23 Donna-Luisa EversleyLoads to be greatfull for here. Thanks for the reminder @Don 🐝 Kerr.
Like we family we take them for granted and sometimes fuss about what they don't do or have, when in fact we find not being around them heartbreaking. Brilliant. Thanks for the shout out my friend😊06/03/2017 #20 Aaron SkogenYou had my mouth watering before I started to read @Don 🐝 Kerr. I suppose I need to trek across the boarder to get myself one of those. . .
I can see your point. Keep on keeping on my friend Think of that occasional draft up the kilt, as a billows keeping the embers hot!